Drugs and Appetite | Westside Treatment

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It is until quite recently that people have underestimated the effects of diet on the human body. While we’ve always had a notion of how important it is to eat right, our understanding of what it meant to eat right changed drastically – again and again – over the past few decades. There are various influences in our lives that can impact our diet and today we will be exploring drugs and appetite in relation to recovery from addiction. It is… Read more »

Antidepressant Addiction | Westside Treatment

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America’s prescription drug problem is immense. Opioids are related to more deaths than ever, and the country’s consumption and distribution of prescription medication is unmatched not only in history, but in the entire world. When it comes to taking pills, no one beats us. The danger with this is that many of the drugs Americans are accustomed to taking for anxiety and chronic pain are highly addictive. Sedatives like Xanax and opioids like Fentanyl and Oxycodone have become highlighted problem… Read more »

Overcome Addiction Issues | Westside Treatment

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Many people use drugs. Not many people become addicts. Potentially 40 percent of the country has tried an illicit drug, yet only about 20 million Americans suffer under what is considered substance abuse. Clearly the drugs aren’t completely at fault – instead, addiction issues are about more than just drugs, alcohol, or substances. Who becomes addicted and who doesn’t – the statistics show that mostly it’s a matter of unfortunate nature and unfortunate nurture. To be clearer, addiction is more… Read more »

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Sobriety | Westside Treatment

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It’s often said that recovery is a lifelong process. Yet some might argue that if you’ve beaten an addiction, then by definition it should be beaten. For the sake of making an analogy, if you gained far too much weight in college and worked your way to a normal bodyweight, you wouldn’t say you’re recovering from obesity, nor would you assume that you still should worry about becoming overweight again. Except that this is blatantly false. We’ve all heard the… Read more »

How To Communicate With Loved One In Treatment | Westside Treatment

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Drug recovery is a trying time for any family. Whether you’re struggling with sobriety or a loved one is, the strain of dealing with the emotional pains of early recovery and the stress of reintegrating into regular living after months or years of addiction can be hard to bear. But when the goal is long-term sobriety and a happy, emotionally healthy family, then quitting is not an option. Just like any relationship, communication is key – and it is hard… Read more »

AA Alternatives | Westside Treatment

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The popularity of 12-step meetings and the group that first organized and propagated them is unmatched. And when it comes to recovery addiction, some people are hard pressed to name an effective alternative to the basic AA program. For many, that’s fine – because AA is exactly what they want and what they need. But for many others, choosing AA as their path towards recovery might not be in their best interest. While the 12 steps can be effective, they… Read more »

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Managing Chronic Pain In Sobriety | Westside Treatment

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Chronic pain is a debilitating health condition with many different causes. Some people experience chronic pain due to a particularly bad injury and lack of total physical recovery. In other cases, it may be nerve damage from years of exposure to a certain pollutant or environmental hazard, or the pain may simply be part of a genetic disorder or general defect in the body. No matter what the cause, however, chronic pain can be a terrible condition to live with…. Read more »

"Working The Steps" Is A Way Of Life | Westside Treatment

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Among the many paths people choose to walk in their efforts to seek long-term sobriety and find a way out of the hellscape of addiction, perhaps the most publicized and discussed is the 12-step program. The 12-step program began back in the 30s, when two men struggling with alcoholism at the dawn of a post-Prohibition era decided that they needed help. And they sought that help from each other. Working together, these two men – Dr. Bob Smith and Bill… Read more »

The Perils Of Suppressing Your Emotions In Early Recovery | Westside Treatment

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Early recovery and emotionality go hand in hand. Your mind might become excessively expressive in the first few months of recovery, as you cope with living life without drugs. An addiction has the hallmark of slowly becoming the center of a person’s universe, consuming more and more of their time and focus as they consume more of their drug(s) of choice. Yet regardless of why a person developed an addiction – there are a few wildly different factors – substance… Read more »

Use Of Meditation In Addiction Treatment | Westside Treatment

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In a world where being alive and working often means being constantly on – bombarded daily with content, questions, decisions and stimuli – there is little room for peace in most people’s lives and over time that manifests itself as we continue to withstand the wear-and-tear of life. Anxiety, depression, and even addiction – the numbers on these illnesses rise even above the expected increase caused by better diagnosing, simply because our world is now more conducive to the kind… Read more »